Viva Cinema: Las Acacias

Texas Spirit Theater | NR | 82 min. | Drama

December 17, 2019 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about the film Las Acacias.

Reluctantly, a dour long-distance truck driver agrees to give a lift to a Paraguayan single mother and her eight-month-old daughter to Buenos Aires. Can the palpable silence soften up the taciturn trucker's sullen heart?

Event Details

Rubén is a solitary truck driver who for years has been driving from Asunción in Paraguay to Buenos Aires hauling wood. But the journey he’s about to make today will be different: this morning, at a stop on the road near Asunción, Jacinta arrives with Anahí, her 8 month old daughter, who will travel with them. It’s not the best start for Rubén, but as time passes, Rubén and Jacinta get along increasingly well. Slowly, despite their difficulties in communicating, they start understanding one another. Neither tells much about their lives. But neither do they ask much. It is a journey of few words, yet anything but silent. As they near their destination, both share the same desire: they don’t want the journey to end. Las Acacias marks the feature directorial debut of Pablo Giorgelli, with which he participated in the Critics’ Week and won the Caméra d’Or (Best First Film) at the 2011 Cannes Festival. 

Viva Cinema celebrates the modern cinema of Mexico and beyond. The Museum is proud to highlight acclaimed films co-presented with Cine Las Americas that feature the rich tradition of Spanish-language and Hispanic-heritage movie-making. Films in the Viva Cinema Series are presented in Spanish with English subtitles. This season, selections are focused on topics of migration and immigration. This evening's program includes a film screening and Q&A with guest moderator, Cine Las Americas Executive Director, Jean Anne Lauer and filmmaker Pablo Giorgelli via video chat. Come early at 6:00pm for complimentary coffee and treats. Quantities are limited. Seating for film begins at 6:30 p.m

Please note: Entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX lobby doors.

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Film Credits

Rating: NR
Director: Pablo Giorgelli
Runtime: 82 min.
Genre: Drama
Release year: 2011

About the Film and Filmmaker

Pablo Giorgelli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1967. He studied Film Direction at the Universidad del Cine, headed by Manuel Antín. As a Director he has worked on several documentaries and TV programs. As an Editor, he has worked in “Moebius” (1995), directed by Gustavo Mosquera and “Solo Por Hoy” (2001) by Ariel Rotter among others.

LAS ACACIAS is his first feature. Selected for Cannes Critics’ Week 2011, LAS ACACIAS  went on to win the  Caméra D’Or as Best First Film, as well as two others awards at Critic´s week competition.LAS ACACIAS was also awarded with 30 international prizes including: Best first feature film at the 55ª BFI London Film Festival; Best Latin American film in San Sebastian; Best film in Biarritz, Oslo, Bergen, Bratislava, Kiev and Belgrade and the “Condor de Plata” award as Best film of 2011 in Argentina. LAS ACACIAS was also selected to be part of the official selection of Toronto Film Festival, Busan, Palm Springs and the “New Directors/New Films” in New York. LAS ACACIAS was commercially released in many countries including France, UK, USA, Canadá, Italy, Spain, Norway, Greece and Brazil among others, and it was also sold to many TV channels around the world like HBO and ARTE.

His new feature film, INVISIBLE, had its World Premiere in the Official Selection-Orizzonti Competition of the 74º Mostra Internazionale D´Arte Cinematográfico di VENEZIA (2017) and, after its commercial release in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, now is available in NETFLIX worldwide.

Now PABLO is working on his new feature film TRASFONDO, to be shooted in 2020, inspired on the same name novel by Patricia Ratto, about the performance of an argentine submarine during Malvinas war in 1982.

About the Moderator


Jean Anne Lauer has promoted the development and exhibition of Latinx, Iberoamerican, and Indigenous film and media since 2004. She first discovered her passion for the field when working with the International Pitching Market at the Guanajuato International Film Festival (Guanajuato, Mexico, 2004 through 2013). Since then, Jean has also worked with Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (Austin, TX, 2008 to present), and with Fantastic Fest (Austin, TX, 2013 to present). Currently, she is Executive Director of Cine Las Americas; Program Manager and Shorts Film Programmer at Fantastic Fest; and a Professor at Austin Community College in Humanities and Radio-Television-Film. Along with building a professional résumé and working with filmmakers in the US and abroad, Jean holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (Radio-Television-Film) with a focus on the Mexican Film Industry.

About Cine Las Americas

Cine Las Americas is a multi-cultural, 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas. Specializing in Latinx and Indigenous film and video, Cine Las Americas promotes cross-cultural understanding and growth by educating, entertaining and challenging diverse audiences through film and media arts. The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival will celebrate its 23rd edition in May of 2020, and the organization also hosts film screenings regularly throughout the year. More info:

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The Texas Spirit Theater on the Museum's second floor hosts original film series, artist talks, lectures, live music performances, and daily showings of multi-sensory films.

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Learn about ticket prices, refund policies, and parking (free after 5 pm). Please note that visitors under age fifteen must be accompanied by someone age sixteen or older. For evening programs, please enter through the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre.